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Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is one of the most widely cultivated plants because it can grow easily in sunny locations in most kinds of soil. The flower heads of the marigold have been used as herbal medicine since ancient time for its wound healing and antiseptic properties. The bright colours of the flowers make them popular as dyes for fabrics and cosmetics. The florets of marigolds are edible and are often added to salad to give it colours. The petals of the flowers are used in lieu of the more expensive saffron. The flowers of marigold contain a high concentration of lutein, a compound that helps to reduce the risk of  macular degeneration. Marigold is currently the main source of lutein supplement produced by the health industry.




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